Turns out… Friday actually is good

Today I had Easter dinner with Andy Bird. He is a friend from Minnesota that I lured out to Seattle four years ago to help build COMC.com. He implemented our original interface design. Anything that looks kind of clunky on the site today is probably my fault. I am not nearly as fluent with CSS, HTML, and Photoshop as he is.

In any case, I was mentioning to him that I checked out some website stats last night and was surprised to find that we set a record on Friday for most revenue in one day. I was puzzled that it seemed like such a random day. We weren’t running any particular specials. It just seemed to be completely out of the blue. Then Andy commented… “So I guess Friday actually is good.” We all got a good chuckle, and I told them that I was going to blog about this one.

Andy doing the Heisman pose with his newborn baby Lucia

In case you aren’t familiar with Christian traditions, the Friday before Easter is called Good Friday.

Shaking the hand of a legend

I didn’t quite know what to expect today. I have never paid to get an item autographed before, but one of our rapidly growing consignors, SwagCards, recently acquired a unique item and asked if we could do a little research. So today I headed up to Mill Creak Sports where Cal Ripken Jr. was doing an autograph signing.

1993 U.S. Playing Cards Aces #WCOA - Cal Ripken AU PSA/DNA Certified Auto AUTHENTICATED AUTHENTIC - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
Here is the card that I am holding in the picture. The word is that this is an extremely rare autograph that was pulled out of 1993 U.S. Playing Cards Aces. We were hoping to ask some questions about the item, but the line was super long and we were only able to get the picture taken.

In order to get in line to take the picture I had to get an item signed, and I had just the right item. In our year end meeting we gave a “trophy” to the employee that put in the most hours during Q4. Since this was our Ironman award, I found a 1984 Topps Super #1 – Cal Ripken to serve as the trophy.

Not surprisingly, Q4 is a very heavy shipping quarter, and the award went to our shipping manager, Doug Lowe. Today I had the trophy autographed and inscribed.

I thought it would be great to have it say “To The Ironman of Shipping.” Cal added the “Keep the streak alive!”. Cal shook my hand, took his time inscribing and autographing the item, and then took the picture with me. He even commented on me being taller than him. What a class act! I have always thought highly of Ripken, but today he earned another fan.

Job Postings

On top of our interview process you will be subject to a criminal background check prior to receiving an offer. All potential candidates must excel in our company values.

*Integrity
*Honesty
*Mutual Respect
*Work Ethic
– we define work ethic as (quality, speed, endurance, versatility, willingness)

Looking for a GAMER that used to collect Trading Cards (Redmond)

We are an internet consignment trading card company that is looking for a . Background in gaming is a plus, computer proficiency is a must and you HAVE to have a basic to strong knowledge of Sports/Trading cards. You must be familiar with Topps, Upper Deck and Panini. This is a full time position with hours fairly flexible hours. Starting pay is $10.00/hr with potential for overtime at 1.5 times.

Unique Warehouse position looking for ex Casino Dealers (Redmond)

CheckOutMycards.com is a growing Internet Consignment Trading Card Website. We are hiring for several open positions in our Shipping and Processing Department. Background in shipping is a plus, computer proficiency is a must. For these positions no heavy lifting or fork lift operating required. What is required is the ability to be on your feet for most of the day and be able to carefully and quickly handle trading cards. Most ex Casino Dealers can handle this position. This is a full time position with hours fairly flexible hours. Starting pay is $9.00/hr with potential for overtime at 1.5 times.

Warehouse Shipping Clerk for Internet Consignment Trading Cards (Redmond)

We are hiring for several open positions in our Shipping and Processing Departments. Background in shipping is a plus, computer proficiency is a must. No heavy lifting is required, depending on position you may have to be on your feet for most of day, or sitting in a chair for most of the day. This is a full time position with hours fairly flexible hours. Starting pay is $9.00/hr with potential for overtime at 1.5 times.

Customer Service for Internet Consignment Trading Cards Company (Redmond)

We are hiring one position for a friendly customer service person for our company. Our company is a closed campus so main responsiblities would be answering phones and replying to email. This is a full time position with hours Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Starting pay is $9.00/hr with potential for overtime at 1.5 times.

Q1 Stats & Hiring!

Here are the Q1 Stats… Don’t need to say much. The steady growth is pretty awesome.

Note: If you are paying very close attention, you may have noticed that we adjusted our 2010 Q4 Cards Sold from 370K to 310K. This is because the number was inflated by a 60K card port sale at the end of DDearing’s holiday sale.

Hiring

As evidence regarding how we feel about the business, we have 8 open full-time positions.

We will be posting more specifics about exactly what we are looking for, but we have 3 positions open in shipping, 4 in processing of the incoming cards, and 1 in customer service. This should help us keep the time to ship orders as low as possible while increasing our current processing capacity beyond 600K cards per quarter and increasing the quality of our customer service.

Due to increased Ad revenue COMC buys eBay

In the past two months we have generated so much ad revenue that our bank has warned us that they cannot store that much cash. Rather than spreading the money across multiple banks, we have opted to spend it.

Last night we purchased a majority stake in eBay and today we renamed it CheckOutMyeBay.

Sorry we didn’t get a chance to give prior notice. This has all happened so fast.